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Jenlain Ambrée - Brasserie Duyck

Jenlain AmbréeJenlain Ambrée

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very good

258 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Duyck visit their website

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 11-27-2005)
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Photo of Knapp85


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a very nice clear orange color with a thin white head on top. The head fades quickly, no retention or lacing. The smell of the beer is sweet smelling with some grain aromas. Maybe a hint of honey on the nose too. The taste is sweet, caramel and honey-like flavors with minimal hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light, a little watery, some moderate carbonation and drinkable. Overall is starts out sweet with a dry finish, it's a. Good brew but nothing something I would rave about.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 21:01:08 | More by Knapp85
Photo of mactrail


2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber color in the small snifter at Root Down in north Denver.

Not much carbonation. Very sweet, unpleasantly sweet without any balance. More like a flat soft drink or fruity juice than beer. Only touch of bitterness is a tannic taste, just like sweetened ice tea, only without the crispness. I'd say it's exactly like watered down sweet vermouth.

Doesn't seem to have any off flavors or hint of spoilage, so I totally don't get this beverage.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 04:23:22 | More by mactrail
Photo of Thorpe429


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a golden copper with a nice white head and some good lace. Nose is fairly tame, but has nice characteristics of light fruit, toffee, nuts, and a dash of earthiness. Taste is mildly sweet and fruity. A bit of soil in there. Feel is light and rewarding. A mellow, well integrated beer that is one of the better Biere de Gardes that I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2010 22:36:26 | More by Thorpe429


3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

A: Perfectly clear bronze colored body with ruby highlights. Hardly a head and no bubbles or lace. Very passive looking. But pretty.

S & T: Huge toasted malt backbone. Spicy, nutty and with fruity yeast esters. Aromas of toffee, honey and rendered brown sugar. There is a very mild oaky bourbon flavor (unless I'm mistaken). There are also subtle flat soda flavors slightly reminiscent of a root beer/ginger ale mix. No detectable hops, no bitterness. The flavor duration is respectable.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Almost too light. Definitely lacking in this department.

D: This beer is an easy sipper. Good but not great but ultimately, it's worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 21:45:05 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of drabmuh


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ah my first Biere de Garde, served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is clear and light amber in color, absolutely no head, and therefore no lacing.

The aroma is dominated (to the point of exclusions) by malt. High malt character in this beer.

Beer is sweet, malt bomb alert. I like it. Beer is overall mild, there is some fruity character, like sweet berries or apples, in the midpalate of the beer. Drinkability is really high, mouthfeel is moderate. Beer is medium bodied, not sure what I expected, overall its a clean and simple beer. I should seek out more Biere de Garde.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 20:15:57 | More by drabmuh
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured on tap at Novare Res Bier Cafe. Average-to-large sized, white head that slowly diminished to 1/4-finger. Body is dark orange with some haziness. Fair lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S: Interesting aroma... you get your sweetness with some fruity scents, and a tart, sour aroma as well.

T: Tastes very much like it smells... starts with a fruity sweetness, but finishes very slightly sour and dry. Overall, very smooth to drink.

M: Light-bodied, creamy texture, with average carbonation.

D: Solid across the board. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 21:01:56 | More by berley31
Photo of DawnL

New York

2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red/amber with lacing - not much head.

Definitely smells sour.

Very light oaty/grain-like flavor with slight urea characteristic. not completely off-putting, but not a sought after characteristic. Very cold. Very crisp. One-noted character, though I think it is capable of complexity. Closed. Tried warming the glass to get more flavor profile - it's still very light, almost elusive. Hard to find a fruit nuance at the mid-palate. Metallic flavor.

I wouldn't drink too much of this. It isn't worth revisiting.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 23:58:29 | More by DawnL
Photo of Monkeyknife


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright clear red caramel color with a healthy white head.

Aroma of toasted malts, caramel, and a touch of nuttiness.

Tastes of caramel, toasted malts, light spice, and some earthiness thrown in. Very nice.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, and moderately carbonated.

An enjoyable beer from Jenlain. Quite sessionable for almost-8%.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2009 20:50:20 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/23/08. On tap at the Ginger Man. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt, spices, and light fruits. Flavor of light raisin, dark fruits, honey. Reminded me of Bink Bloesem without the pear. Light-bodied, decent.
6/4/7/4/12 (3.3/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 16:34:14 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of doktorhops


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must admit I'm harbouring a soft spot for Jenlain after the Or, which was a Belgian-topping French brew. The big question mark this time is amber coloured, and in a delightfully cheap (by cork bottle standards) 750ml bottle that lured me from the shelf where it sat prominently next to Chimay Blue and Duvel, giants in their own rights... will it compete with the best of Belgium like its brother?

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Ambrée in name, amber in colour. The body is a nice clear amber with large champagne bubbles present within and a ring of white lace around the glass.

S: Farmhouse characters abound; hay bales, apple peel and musty yeast all dominate the nose with added notes of burnt caramel providing a sweet/malty back bone. It's a different take on a Bière de Garde with that added burnt caramel, and it no doubt provides the "amber" in the Ambrée name.

T: Tasty, damn tasty brew! Above barnyard characters; hay bales, apple peel and musty yeast are all present, as is the caramel malt which really makes its presence known in the palate with a chunky-yummy-sticky caramel goodness. It is sweet, as expected, but not too sweet. There is a hint of medicinal hop bitterness in the finish, the balance is quite simply: spot on. A touch of metal is also detected but it doesn't distract too much.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a bit of malt stickiness thrown in. Jenlain Ambrée is no palate cleanser and it knows it.

D: Two for two Jenlain, I am officially impressed. This and the Or really do show that France can play with the big boys, a country heretofore known for its world-class wine and cheese is now (in my books) known for its world-class beer as well... actually another country that is known for its wine and cheese is also bringing out high quality craft beer much to my amazement: Italy. It's great to see this craft beer renaissance happening in other parts of the world; all for the greater beer [insert spooky voice: "All for the greater beer"].

Food match: Blanquette de Veau with lyonnaise potatoes, or Pavés du Mail would be a nice pairing, the creaminess of their sauces countering the cloying sweetness whilst keeping with the French theme of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 04:13:13 | More by doktorhops
Photo of chogm54


4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I saw this 750ml corked bottle wedged between some Chimay Blue and La Chouffe at the bottleshop - with such esteemed neighbours, this beer must be worth a go....

a - as the name suggests, amber in colour, pours a thin white head with lacing.

s - subtle, sweet smells - honey, caramel with a slight malt, papaya and coffee when agitated

t - sweet flavours at the start - butterscotch, burnt brown sugar, with a slight malt tartiness and red grape flavour at the end.

m - moderate carbonation, dry texture with thin to medium body, slightly astringent alcohol finish, almost as much as you would expect from a 10-12%ABV.

Not too bad, I really enjoyed the sweetness but it may be too much for some. I might feel a bit different once I get towards the end of the bottle...

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 08:23:14 | More by chogm54
Photo of PolarBear3


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber colour with frothy white head that retains fairly well

S - Caramel, toffee apple, sweet malts on the nose. More like a sweet dessert.

T - Very sweet caramel, candy, a hint of some dark fruit, figs, cherries with a slight boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied with Medium carbonation

O- Not a bad beer but a little too sweet for my liking. Could only just finish the one. Gets rather sickly after a while.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 11:50:34 | More by PolarBear3
Photo of FLima


3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pretty amber copper color, but with a thin head with short retention.
Surprisingly malty and hay aroma with earthy notes and caramels.
Sweet caramel malty flavor with herbal notes, tutti fruit, though mostly plums and oxidized apples, and candied sugar. No aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is well hidden.
Overly sweet beer with low complexity, not really pleasant after warming up. I kept lowering its grade. Definitely overrated.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 22:11:34 | More by FLima
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear red-orange in color. Off white head retains fairly well at a half and inch. Delicate patchwork of lacing.

S: Caramel and crust from the malts. Toasted grain too. Juicy berries and some peach and apricot notes. Slightly musty and very subtly spicy yeast remains at an even keel in the background. Herbal and oily/spicy hops have some kick on the nose.

T: Caramel maltiness lays down a coating blanket of flavor. Toasted grains and crust. Juicy fruit tastes of apricot, peach, and suggestions of berries. Very subtle yeasty undertones. Oily, herbal, and spicy hops come out more toward the back end. Sweet finish of caramel and fruit with a subtle lingering spicy hop bite.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Syrupy and coating texture is lifted a little by some firm and prickling carbonation, but not quite enough. Mild alcohol warmth and hop oils.

O: The hop bitterness and flavor comes on a bit stronger than in other examples of the style, but is still never in any danger of usurping the malt character. In fact, the flaw of this beer may be that the body is a little more weighty and dextrinous than it should be, and this makes it less drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 18:07:03 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of IchLiebeBier


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Russet colored; medium head

Aroma: Malty; spicy; fruity

Taste: Malty; spicy; tart; dry; complex finish

Remarks: One of my favorites. I'd buy it almost every time we went to Cora in Strasbourg. I missed it so much I homebrewed some.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 14:07:47 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of gr0g

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-gold, hazy with some floaties. The usual billowing head I'd expect from a bottle-conditioned beer doesn't materialize. Still, there's about two fingers of foam, leaving behind scattered streaks of lace. Smells of sweet butterscotch with fruity notes of ripe apple and white grape. Yeast notes are barely there.

The sweetness from the aroma is quite prominent on the palate, though it dries out a bit toward the finish. Malty and somewhat fruity overall. The very fine carbonation is extremely soft, leading to a mouthfeel that's kind of dull and flat.

A bit too sweet and lacking in complexity, and the texture is a let-down, too. The basic flavors and aromas are nice, but the aforementioned faults make this a tepid recommendation at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 17:17:37 | More by gr0g
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: big, poofy (2"), creamy, light-tan head - leaves a bit of lace - liquid is a crystal-clear, glowing, deep amber

S: extremely bold toasty-malty - the toast aroma is of a deeply-brown bread crust or a dried-out, slightly soured bread dough - also suggests copious crystal malt (though I know this isn't an ingredient) with a peculiar herbal edge to it (yeast-driven perhaps) - vague fruity esters in the background

T: quite possibly the most toasted-bread-crusty flavor in a beer that I've ever experienced - also in there is an apple cider or grape-like fruitiness in the back and a strange herbal-alcohol note - good bit moreish

F: slight warming sensation in the finish, pleasant and mellow - suggestion of a fullish body - the carbonation, aside from a tiny tingle up front, does not seem to factor in much - it kind of just drops off dry in the end, reminiscent of a German Helles or Pils.

O: nice, interesting, different - varies ever so slightly from the draft version I had a few months ago, as far as this here having a bolder toasty flavor and bitterness

definitely worth checking out!

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:59:21 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of JAYAR1


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml that's been sitting in the cellar(hall closet) for 6 mos. or so...sweet and brown,amber maltiness...very slight booziness in the aroma and taste but it's not hot...the sweetness lingers and makes me take another taste because it is pleasant...decent head after a fast pour...subsequent pours yield a thin head with some lacing...initial taste showed standard carbonation...wanted a Euro biere de garde after drlinking Two Bros. Domaine Du Page, which isn,t too far off...overall has a taste up my alley and one that I'll revisit soon

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:51:40 | More by JAYAR1
Photo of bashiba


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean bright amber with a thick white head, light lacing and mild head retention.

The smell had a nice bit of barnyard funk and mustyness mixing in nicely with a big sweet malty and bready quality.

The flavor was mild comparted to the nose, very clean and even malty flavors, a touch bready with a bit of toffee and citrus fruit, just a hint of minty hops in the finish with a bit of mustyness coming through as well.

The mouthfeel had nice body and carbonation.

Overall pretty solid benchmark Biere de Garde.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 15:38:46 | More by bashiba
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange copper colour with a very big, foamy white head at the top of the beer that manages to leave some good lacing and shows visible signs of strong carbonation.

Strong malts and quite a sweet aroma from this beer along with a bit of spice and some milder caramel. There is also some bread and a light helping of hops and some sugar.

Sweet and sugary to taste with some fruit, apple being the most pronounced. There is also some malts, light caramel and a touch of honey in there.

Smooth and well carbonated with a medium to light-medium body and a light bitter finish.

Nice tasting and quite smooth with strong, sweet flavours and a bit of sugar in there along with a nice malt base. Best of the style so far for me.

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Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 21:14:44 | More by flyingpig
Photo of sommersb


4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 02-13-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Grace's, Nashville

A: Cloudy and amber colored, with good lacing and retention from the medium-sized white head.

S: Malt sweetness, spices, grape/wine mustiness, caramelized molasses, and woodsy, floral hops make for a pleasant and complex aroma.

T: Rich and malty, with spices such as cinnamon and clove, ripe dark fruits, and a woody/oak flavor as well. Superb taste!

M: Smooth, with a medium body and carbonation that is medium to high. Finish is malty, slightly sweet and spicy. Good alcohol warming effect as well.

O: I liked this beer very much and would highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 04:04:08 | More by sommersb
Photo of sespourteille


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very sweet but perfect for those cold winter days when a something stronger or darker might feel like overkill. Highly enjoyed this beer if only for the fact that it has a taste one can enjoy without waiting for an "occasion" to do so, versatile and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 18:39:43 | More by sespourteille
Photo of sim0n17


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit sweeter than I normally like, but a great farmhouse ale. Used to drink it frequently when I worked in Burgundy. It has a sweet aftertaste and the mouthfeel is a little like cotton candy (not in a bad way). A little pungent to the nose, but a rich, like chestnut color. I scored the overall a high 4.5 because it's a great experiance if you like the sweeter ones - normally I don't, but this one is an exception.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 17:58:07 | More by sim0n17
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale strawberry blonde with a loose off white head that has a bit of cling and trailing. Flinty sour grain nose with some toast and red currant.
Apple and nut up front - very Irish Red - with a bit of caramel, a whiff of diesel, a brown sugar hit and some red currant, then light herbal and spice hops.
Granola comeback and a tingly linger. Medium, round and smooth.

Malt forward, but not totally to style: too sweet and fruity for a Biere de Garde. A light, easy drinker, though - and probably pairs well with all sorts of food, which is the point, I suspect.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 16:35:56 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of chocosushi


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz->Hennepin Goblet
A ~ Poured on the dark side of hazy amber with a great looking head.

S ~ Bready malt with cider & mild earth notes (leaves & grass)

T ~ Fuji apples, grapes, crisp pears, apricot jelly, buttered wheat bread, rock candy. Splash of spices including clove & cinnamon stick.

M ~ Spicy, sweet & semi dry. Good balance.

D ~ I really enjoyed this. Having had the Jenlain Blonde an hour before, I discovered that this is the superior beer. Nose was better, feel was more cohesive, & flavors were better executed.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:01:19 | More by chocosushi
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Jenlain Ambrée from Brasserie Duyck
85 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.